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Erin Escher

PROJECT AFFILIATION:

  • RITES
    • Roles: Project Staff, Project Participant, Project Guest, District Council, Project District Participant, Resource Team

PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Higher Ed: Education, Teacher: Science, Teacher: Middle School 

BIO

Mr. Escher brings 15 years of experience as a leader in science education to his students. He has taught for the last 12 years at Portsmouth Middle School where he has facilitated science excellence as a Mentor, School Improvement Team Chair, member of the 5 year Portsmouth District Curriculum Reform Initiative, and as a member of the Rhode Island Department of Education's Building a Strong Foundation, Science Curriculum Team. Additionally, he has worked in higher education through partnerships with Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and Roger Williams University. He is also currently a Mentor Science Teacher for the MAT Education at Brown University. He is also teaching courses with the Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Science Project, RITES, to improve science teaching and learning by providing teachers with, challenging, computer-based, and standards-aligned content investigations for guided inquiry in the classroom. Erin co-taught Discovery of Coastal Environments with Dr. Richard Audet, that emphasizes the use of the Narragansett Bay as a resource for hands on applied science learning. He was a Science Kit Trainer Specialist at the East Bay Educational Collaborative. Escher spent 3 years as Education Coordinator for the field-based Watershed Education Program in Massachusetts where he wrote science field-based curricula and held professional development opportunities for teachers K-8. Mr. Escher is the Rhode Island State finalist for the 2011 and 2012 Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching excellence. In 2010 he received the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. In 2005 Erin earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science. He is also a 2009 Alumni of the Science and Engineering Program for Teachers at MIT. Escher was also selected in 2005 and 2006 for the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Teachers program at Brown University. 

EXPERTISE

General Science Inquiry, STEM education, Curriculum Writing, Teacher Professional Development 

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